Business travel is all about productivity — whether that relates to its fundamental use for more efficient collaboration, guarding against bureaucracy to ensure seamless collaboration, or generally purchasing the right services at the right prices so trip missions deliver the most value. It also means helping employees avoid getting bogged down in post-trip red tape. The coverage below digs into issues, processes, tools and tricks.

Some examples
• The movement of services to mobile devices and/or chatbots
• Stories about expedited airport screening and business travel’s ROI
• Trends like artificial intelligence and rewards
• The pandemic-era struggle to avoid quarantines

5 Challenges Of Hybrid Work — And How To Overcome Them

The transition to work-from-home and now to hybrid work arrangements requires a cross-departmental effort. In some cases, travel management teams help coordinate with employees who are not always in the office. Helping to keep those employees engaged and effective means tackling challenges related to communications, coordination, connection, creativity and culture, according to this article by…

Finance And Professional Services Perk Up But Still Trail In Large-Market Recovery

U.S. corporate travel has recovered to between 60 percent and 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels, with solid momentum continuing this spring, according to various sources. The rebound hasn’t been uniform, with small businesses and domestic trips still far outpacing large corporate and international, though the gaps are narrowing. Fresh industry data show strength in life…

Emburse Adapts Roadmap App For Smaller Clients

Spend management company Emburse released a mobile app for managing “every aspect” of a business trip. The Emburse Go digital companion for iOS and Android devices is a scalable, down-market, less customized version of the Roadmap app that Emburse acquired in 2021. It’s available for a spending-based fee to Emburse’s 16,000 small and medium-sized expense…

Amadeus Taps Into Collaboration Trends With Cytric Booking Tool

[CLARIFICATION, March 31, 2022: This article has been adjusted to indicate that integration with LinkedIn is a possible future use case rather than a feature now available as part of the Amadeus Cytric-Microsoft 365 offering.] Is this the year that the Amadeus Cytric online self-booking and expense management system makes a North American splash? The…

Messaging Can Keep Corporate Travelers On The Right Road As Gas Prices Rise

As fuel costs increase, travel buyers may want to revisit and refresh their car rental policies, negotiations and traveler communications.  Corporate travel policies typically recommend or require travelers to fill up before dropping off rentals. When car rental companies do the refueling, the rate may be as much as a few dollars more per gallon,…

Enthralled By Venture-Backed Startups, Locomote Tries Something Different 

It isn’t easy to make a going concern out of selling standalone corporate self-booking software. Commenting last year on why he didn’t want to be in that business, veteran travel tech exec Greg Webb, CEO of Travelport, couldn’t resist using the word commodity. He said corporate booking tools were often part of broader solutions and…

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